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Democrats Renew Press for Curbs on E-Cigarettes

Democrats are renewing efforts to protect children from the potential harm of electronic cigarettes, but the main event will come on the regulatory front if the Food and Drug Administration meets expectations and releases a final rule this year.

How New Orleans Ended Veteran Homelessness | Commentary

In New Orleans, we are all too familiar with the feeling of homelessness. After Hurricane Katrina, literally all of us were without a home.

Doctors Know: Abortion Is Safe and Must Remain Legal | Commentary

Having grown up in Washington, D.C., I know all too well what it means when quality health care options are too few and far between. Communities such as the one I grew up in experience higher rates of chronic medical problems and decreased access to health care. These racial and ethnic disparities include disproportionately increased unintended pregnancy rates and higher rates of maternal and infant mortality. These experiences shaped me as an individual and led me toward a career in women’s health.

Why Is the United States Last in Valuing Families? | Commentary

The most economically advanced nation on Earth is in some ways one of the most primitive.

Protecting Medical Innovation Strengthens Economy, Improves Lives | Commentary

Just after the November elections, Gallup polled the American people and asked them what they need Congress to do. Here are the top priorities they shared: Listen to the people; represent the people; and work together to get things done, create jobs/employment and bring jobs home and improve health care.

GOP Leaders Pull Abortion Ban on Female Members' Revolt

Faced with an intraparty rift over a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders Wednesday night replaced the bill with a measure that would prohibit federally funded abortions and resembles a plan that was approved by the chamber during the 113th Congress.

How To Cure Kidney Disease? Let's Start by Restoring NIH Funding | Commentary

More than 20 million Americans have kidney disease — many of whom are undiagnosed — and more than 600,000 Americans with kidney failure rely on dialysis or a transplant to remain alive.

Reporting Language in Abortion Bill Arouses Concern

Reproductive rights advocates on Wednesday branded a 20-week abortion ban, due for a House vote on Thursday, as an attack on women's health and a candidate for a Senate filibuster amid signs that some GOP support for the measure may be weakening.

New Government Report on Women and Obamacare: Propaganda and Fallacies | Commentary

The Department of Health and Human Services recently released a report called “The Affordable Care Act: Advancing the Health of Women and Children.” In summary, the report touted that the majority (56 percent) of enrollees in exchange plans are women, that women are enjoying new coverage for no-copay preventive care, and that the uninsured rate among women has declined since 2013.

The FDA's Threat to the Practice of Medicine | Commentary

The two of us are not always on the same side of contentious legal questions, but a recent move by the Food and Drug Administration to expand its jurisdiction to regulate laboratory-developed testing services as if they were medical “devices” has brought us together. The FDA’s assertion of this massive new authority without going to Congress for new legislation bears a family resemblance to other examples of administrative overreach, but there is one key difference. This overreach poses a threat not just to the separation of powers, but to the practice of medicine, and ultimately to the health of every American. For this reason, the American Medical Association and leading health care providers have urged FDA to withdraw its proposal.

New Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition: Stop Use of Prorated or Daily Dispensing Fees | Commentary

Every day, seniors and rehab patients in skilled nursing centers and assisted living facilities across America benefit from the specialized guidance and clinical oversight that only long-term care (LTC) pharmacies, and the consulting pharmacists they employ, can provide. Among other essential responsibilities, LTC pharmacies ensure that complex prescription drug regimens are properly filled and professionally reviewed for safety, accuracy, compliance and prevention of dangerous adverse drug interactions.

Bringing Communities Together: A Better Way to Help America's Kids Succeed | Commentary

Today, President Barack Obama will be giving his State of the Union address, which will likely include the president laying out a vision for addressing the needs of our nation’s children. Among a host of other policy announcements, the president may emphasize much needed recent investments to expand access to pre-K and infant and toddler care.

The 20-week Abortion Ban and Difficult Prenatal Diagnosis | Commentary

The 20-week ultrasound in our first pregnancy began as a joyful event, but quickly turned into one of those punched-in-the-gut experiences. After our peek at the baby’s profile and his 10 little toes, the technician became stone-faced as the ultrasound wand moved to our baby’s brain.

Pharmacist-Congressman Looks to Fill Drug Stores' Wish List

Pharmacists have a new voice in Congress now that one of their own has been elected to the House, and he’s planning to be a “driving force” behind their top legislative priority, along with repeal of the health care law.

Congressional Action in the Fight Against Superbugs | Commentary

If the members of the new Congress are looking for ways to show the world they can take action and get things done, I have a suggestion. How about a bipartisan piece of legislation that has the potential to help save injured troops and strengthen public health in the United States and across the globe?

Time for Congress to Make Payment for Telehealth a Reality | Commentary

The reason that telehealth usage among seniors in Medicare is almost non-existent is because the rules were written at a time when telehealth was used primarily to provide access to care for rural patients. To use telehealth, Medicare beneficiaries have to be in a rural area and in an “originating site,” defined as a hospital, doctor’s office or clinic. This defeats the purpose of today’s telehealth offerings, which are providing access to primary care in the home, office, retail clinic, or wherever.

Doctors May Shun Patients After Medicaid Compensation Cuts

Starting this month many doctors who were likely to expand basic medical care offered to low-income Americans — a goal of the 2010 health care law — could see Medicaid fees drop an average of almost 43 percent.

Innovation Deficit Threatens America's Health and Prosperity | Commentary

In the center of the country there’s a quiet revolution taking place that holds great promise for our nation, though only if we address the growing innovation deficit facing America.

Budget Reconciliation Through the Years

Congress has employed budget reconciliation to enact dozens of laws, addressing issues that range from tax cuts to student loans.

Budget Reconciliation May Be Obamacare's Enemy

Democrats used the complicated process of budget reconciliation to pass part of President Barack Obama’s health care legislation in 2010, and avoid a Senate filibuster; now Republicans are weighing whether to use the same process to chip away at the law.

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